Home automation is the future: delivering cost savings on heating and electricity bills, enabling greater security and offering time-saving convenience. But what is home automation exactly? Home automation is an umbrella term that includes everything from smart thermostats and key-less entry systems, to smart lights and intelligent appliances.
Installing any of these home automation devices can dramatically increase your home’s value – according to Consumer Reports, smart home features can boost your home’s resale value by up to 5% – that’s $15,000 on a $300,000 home!
A survey by August Home found that 63% of consumers cite home security as the biggest motivation to buy a smart home device.
The most obvious smart home security devices to use are cameras that detect break-ins; they can also be serviced by companies that can further assess the danger and send the police rushing to your door.
You can set up an intercom system that allows you to see who is at the door. Fingerprint access control makes things even safer, as only those you and family members designate have access to your home. Setting up a lighting system to keep the exterior of your home well-lit in the evenings as well as when leaving or arriving can also make it much safer.
But burglars aside, smart home devices can detect an array of other threats: smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, moisture levels (important if you’re concerned about leaks or flooding), radon, and so much more. Smart locks can also be locked or unlocked from afar, removing the hassles of lost keys and pricey locksmiths.
Log onto your home management solution via any smart phone or tablet – and your devices will notify you of any changes that happen throughout the day or night.
2) Save Money
According to a Nest study, the company’s smart thermostat saved consumers on average 10% to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, that translates to an average savings of $131 to $145 a year, which would mean this smart device (which costs $249) can pay for itself in less than two years.
Smart thermostats are a great way to start your home automation, as they are inexpensive and have a quick return-on-investment.
If you’re ready for the next steps, consider smart lighting, smart dishwashers or a smart washer/dryer. These items are more of an investment, but they will start to see the monthly saving by conserving heat and water – according to Consumer Reports, water-efficient laundry machines use half of the water needed (13 gallons vs. 26 gallons) that regular washers use.
3) Fully Customizable
The best part of home automation is how easily your routines can be automated with your home. Picture this: your smart alarm clock wakes you up and then tells your smart coffee maker to start, while your smart fridge senses you’re out of eggs and add them to your grocery list.
No more waiting for the heater to kick on after you get home from work in the winter. No more having to go back upstairs to turn off a hall light or stumbling in the dark trying find the light switch. And no more misplacing your keys!
You’ll be able to stream different television shows or radio stations simultaneously, and your smart speaker (like the Amazon Echo or Google Home) will get to know your favorite radio stations. Treat them like your virtual assistants and ask them for the weather forecast, to read a recipe out loud, or to add paper towels to your shopping list.
You can even take the movie theater experience outside with digital projectors and specialized outdoor A/V equipment.
Homeowners can always work their way up to full house automation; start small by investing in a smart thermostat. Call us today for a free consultation!